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13/07/2013 18:33 BST | Updated 12/09/2013 06:12 BST

The Week That Was

Walking around London this week, you'd be forgiven for thinking half the capital had been taken over by zombies, with tourists and locals alike standing stock still, gazing upwards with mouths agog.

The reason? Not that strange orb of light in the sky we'd half forgotten even existed, but the tiny moving dots making their way up the Shard.

On Thursday at 4.30am, six women from Greenpeace set out with a mission to climb London's latest addition to the skyline, with the sole intention of highlighting Shell's plans to drill in the Arctic.

By the time Ali Garrigan, Sabine Huyghe, Sandra Lamborn, Liesbeth Deddens, Victoria Henry and Wiola Smul had scaled the summit of the building, a point had well and truly been made. All six were arrested, but #iceclimb has put another talking point on the national agenda.

While Greenpeace's death defying six were proving women know how to activate opinion on a global scale, on our airwaves it turns out women aren't quite so well represented.

As the Guardian reported, a new report out this week showed that only 20% of radio presenters on solo shows are female, and in shows with multiple presenters, the female imbalance is even worse.

Radio 1 DJ Annie Nightingale told the paper, "I felt like a token woman for a long time. I still don't know why. There are many more opportunities for women now, but you are up against some very competitive blokes."

From our airwaves to Westminster, via newspaper columns and FTSE 100 boards, the male: female ratio of those in power continues to be an issue in the UK, demanding more women - and men - speak out against the imbalance, and practically start coming up with solutions.

Are people really less likely to turn off their radios if there's a woman speaking? Or is the issue, as Nightingale hints, down to simple competitiveness.

MPs wages continued to make headlines this week, with Cameron still refusing to rule out taking the recommended 10% hitch in take-home salaries.

Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, who have both said they will decline the rise, were joined on Thursday by Michael Gove, who was on characteristic upfront form, when he said: "As far as I am concerned they can stick it. MPs are incredibly well paid."

That comment was somewhat better received than his plans to get rid of packed lunches in schools.

To be fair to Gove, that's not actually his plan just yet, but the recommendation of Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, the founders of Leon and advisers to the government on nutrition in schools. I've got a lot of time for these guys, being a huge fan of Leon (and specifically its Superfood Salad!), but my memories of school dinners Vs the packed lunches I had would put me firmly in the homemade camp.

Still, I had parents who managed to convince me until I was about 9 than 'pudding' meant fruit, and broccoli was the cure-all ingredient for every ailment. Well, that and they weren't adverse to Wagon Wheels in moderation.

Ensure school dinners taste good and are nutritious too, and every child will want to be included. Banning packed lunches is not necessarily the answer, and certainly not the answer for cash strapped families desperate to make ends meet.

Or maybe we're just all feeling a little nostalgic...